If you’re looking for an impressive appetizer that is easy to make, look no further! This delicious baked brie in puff pastry with thyme and brown sugar is sure to be a hit. Whether it’s a family gathering or just a cozy night at home, this is one of those baked brie recipes is sure to satisfy your cravings.
In this recipe, we will be using brie cheese, which is a type of bloomy rind cheese. The rind on brie can range from white to yellowish-orange and the cheese itself ranges from soft to creamy. Brie de Meaux (the original brie) and triple cream bries tend to be on the creamier side.
Ingredients & Equipment Needed
To get started, you’ll need:
- 1 round of frozen puff pastry (thawed)
- 1 wheel of brie (rind on or off depending on preference)
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- some fresh thyme leaves (roughly chopped)
- parchment paper
- baking sheet or baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Place parchment paper onto the baking sheet/dish
- Place thawed puff pastry into the center of the parchment paper and top with wheel of brie (with rind still on)
- Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of the brie wheel evenly and then sprinkle fresh thyme leaves over as well. Gently fold up sides of puff pastry around brie wheel until all sides are covered.
- Place baking sheet/dish into preheated oven and bake brie for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once cooked through, remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve brie directly from baking sheet/dish with crackers or baguette slices alongside it—enjoy!
Brie Cheese FAQs
What Is Brie Cheese?
Brie cheese is a soft, creamy cheese with a white rind and edible mold. It is made from pasteurized cow’s milk and is known for its buttery texture.
What Are The Different Types Of Brie Cheese?
Brie cheese can be divided into two main types - lait cru (raw milk) and industriel (pasteurized milk). Within these two types are several different variations like washed rind, hard rind and other soft cheeses.
How Should I Be Eating Brie Cheese?
Brie cheese is best enjoyed eaten at room temperature with some crusty bread or crackers. You can add various toppings such as nuts, fruits, honey, or jam to enhance the flavor. You can also eat it melted in dishes like mushroom soup or baked in puff pastry.
Is The White Mold On Brie Cheese Edible?
Yes, the white mold on Brie cheese is safe to eat and adds complexity to the flavor of the cheese.
Should I Eat The Rind Of Soft Cheeses Like Brie?
Yes, the cheese rinds of soft cheeses like brie is edible but it may not have much flavor so you can decide whether or not you want to eat it depending on your preference.
What Does The Cheesemaking Process Involve For Brie Cheese?
In the cheesemaking process for brie cheese, starter cultures are added to heated pasteurized cow's milk which launches the process of acidification. After curdling the mixture into solid chunks, they are cut up and transferred into circular molds lined with cloths or paper where they are further aged before being packaged up and sold in stores.
How Does The Flavor Of Brie Cheese Change As It Ages?
As brie ages, its texture becomes firmer while its flavor becomes more concentrated and intense. It starts out mild with notes of grassiness when young; then develops a more pronounced earthiness with hints of mushrooms as it matures; finally ending on a nutty tang when fully ripened.
Is Washed Rind Cheeses Different Than Soft Cheeses Like Brie?
Yes, washed rind cheeses have an orange-colored outer layer due to their treatment in salt brine during production whereas soft cheeses like brie have a white outer layer due to their maturation in moist conditions without contact with salt water or brine solutions. Additionally, washed rind cheeses often have stronger flavors than their soft counterparts such as bries or camemberts do.
Are There Any Other Types of Soft Cheese Similar To Bries?
Yes, there are other soft cheeses similar to bries including Camembert and Coulommiers which both originated from France as well as Reblochon which comes from Switzerland and Italy's Taleggio which has been made since Roman times. All have a creamy-soft interior encased by a thin layer of edible white mold that adds complexity to their flavor profiles when tasted young or aged until fully ripened.
When it comes to hosting events or simply enjoying an evening with friends, this easy baked brie recipe will surely hit the spot! It’s simple yet flavorful ingredients—puff pastry crust, creamy brie cheese, sweet brown sugar, earthy thyme—all come together perfectly in this classic French dish known as Baked Brie en Croute (or simply “baked brie”). Plus, who doesn’t love baked brie and the smell of baking brie and puff pastry wafting through the kitchen? So next time you’re hosting an event or just want something special for dinner—give this delicious cheese bake recipe a try! You won't regret it! Enjoy!